The central aim of ISLE is to promote the study of English Language, that is, the study of the structure and history of standard and non-standard varieties of English, in terms of both form and function, at an international level. We aim for the society to provide a geographically and theoretically neutral central contact point for all those who are academically active and who identify with this aim. Although there are country-specific 'Anglist' or 'English Language and Literature' associations and country-specific 'Linguistics' associations (and we hope to be in contact with these, where appropriate) ISLE is the first global umbrella organisation fulfilling this role.

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ISLE 6: Evolving English and the Digital Era

  • 03 June 2020, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu

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Conference announcements

Members of ISLE are cordially invited to announce conferences, workshops, symposia, etc. on our website in accordance with the aims of ISLE.

  • English in Contact

    Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan, 28 - 29 March 2019
    Kyushu University will host a two-day symposium on current research into language contact and the development of varieties of English.
    Organised by Stephen Laker et al.

  • English Historical Lexicography in the Digital Age: Focus on Social and Geographical Variation

    Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy, 11 - 13 April 2019
    Invited keynote speakers: - Wendy Anderson (Glasgow) - Stefan Dollinger (University of British Columbia) - María F. García-Bermejo Giner (Salamanca) - Susan Rennie, independent scholar.
    Organised by Prof. Marina Dossena and Dr. Polina Shvanyukova

  • International Conference on Historical Medical Discourse (CHIMED-2)

    University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, 10 - 12 June 2019
    The conference focuses on multidisciplinary research into European historical medical discourse. Studies drawing from linguistics, literary studies and history, among others, are welcome.
    Organised by Carla Suhr, Irma Taavitsainen, Turo Hiltunen

  • BICLCE 2019 (8th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English)

    University of Bamberg, Bamberg, Germany, 26 - 28 September 2019
    The aim of the BICLCE conference is to encourage communication and academic cross-fertilization between researchers working on all aspects of contemporary English.
    Organised by Manfred Krug (Chair of English Linguistics), Jenny Herzky, Gabriele Knappe, Katrin Landwehr, Heinrich Ramisch, Katharina Scheiner, Julia Schlüter, Ole Schützler, Lukas Sönning, Fabian Vetter, Valentin Werner

  • LModE-7

    Catania - SDS di Lingue e Letterature Straniere , Ragusa Ibla, Italy, 07 - 09 May 2020
    Myth-making and Myth-busting in and about Late Modern English Invited Keynote speakers: Raymond Hickey (Duisburg-Essen), Juhani Klemola (Tampere), Linda Mitchell (SJSU)
    Organised by Proff. Massimo Sturiale, Marina Dossena, Nicholas Brownlees and Giovanni Iamartino

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